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 Post subject: Health Corner. Lemon Grass aka Cymbopogon
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 4:56 am 
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Lemon Grass
AKA Cymbopogon

Lemon grass or the local tanglad (scientific name: Cymbopogon ciatrus) is one of those wondrous herbs that one can always associate with Asian cooking Thai, Malaysian and Vietnamese homegrown meal enthusiasts always have this tropical grass at hand for its aromatic citrus flavor with a trace of ginger. Few people know that its other popular name is citronella - the common scent you usually find in candles, perfumes and soaps.

Citronella is known for its calming effect that relieves insomnia or stress. It is also considered as a mild insect repellant. But more than scent, tanglad or lemon grass provides a lot of health benefits. Studies have shown that the lemon grass has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Mixed with pepper, it's a home therapy for menstrual troubles and nausea. Drank as tea, it is an effective diuretic. When it comes to pets, citronella is used to neutralize excessive barking of dogs. Since dogs hate citronella, it is sprayed to dogs to prevent them from barking or just to lessen the behavior.

The Lemon grass is a good cleanser that helps to detoxify the Liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder and the digestive tract. It cuts down uric acid, cholesterol, excess fats and other toxins in the body while stimulating digestion, blood circulation, and lactation; it also alleviates indigestion and gastroenteritis. It is said that lemongrass also helps improve the skin by reducing acne and pimples and acts as a muscle and tissue toner. Also, it can reduce blood pressure. Just make a concoction by boiling some lemon grass leaves, let it cool for a while and drink the liquid.

The leaves and base of this tender perennial are used as a food flavoring, particularly in fish and poultry dishes, and its essential oils are used medicinally. Its distinctive flavor balances hot chillies and contributes to the elaborate, multi-layered flavors of many dishes in South East Asian cuisine.

As the long, thin, grey-green leaves are tough and fibrous, the outside leaves and the tips are usually chopped very finely or discarded from the dish before it is served. The base is often ground. Citral, an essential oil also found in lemon peel, is the constituent responsible for its taste and aroma.

Lemon grass, also known as Sweet Rush and sometimes called Fever Grass in the Caribbean, can be used as a remedy for ague, fevers, and colds.


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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
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Cod Liver Oil

What is Cod Liver Oil?
Cod Liver Oil is a nutrient rich oil that is derived from the liver of Cod fish. It is available in both oil form as well as in capsules.

What are the Benefits of Cod Liver Oil?
Cod liver oil is a wonderful nutritional supplement which provides multiple health benefits. It is rich in nutrients such as:

* Vitamin A: helps to maintain a healthy immune system, helps resist bacterial and viral infections, and beneficial for eyesight and healthy skin.
* Vitamin D: helps maintain strong and healthy bones.
* Omega-3 Fatty Acids: have anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve the symptoms of arthritis, improve brain function, reduce stress, prevent allergies, relieve asthma, and help with learning and behavioral disorders including bipolar syndrome.
* EicosaPentaenoic Acid (EPA): is great for the cardiovascular system and helps reduce inflammation throughout the body. Also works as a natural anti-depressant.
* DocosaHexaenoic Acid (DHA): is also a fatty acid which is vital for good eyesight, a healthy nervous system, and healthy skin.

Research has also shown that consuming 1-2 teaspoons of cod liver oil daily can help to prevent serious diseases such as cancer, diabetes, arthritis, musculoskeletal pain, kidney problems, and high cholesterol.

Uses of Cod Liver Oil

Home Remedy for Arthritis
Consuming a small amount of Cod Liver Oil each day helps prevent arthritis, as well as provides some relief from arthritis pain. A recommended dosage is 1 to 2 teaspoons daily, or follow the directions on the bottle if you are using capsules.

Home Remedy for Muscle Aches and Pain
Bone and muscle pain are two of the primary symptoms of having low-levels of vitamin D. Many people with such low vitamin D levels notice signficant pain in their legs and have difficulty climbing stairs. Numerous studies have shown that 1 to 2 teaspoons of Cod Liver Oil daily can increase vitamin D levels in the body which helps to improve muscle strength and reduce muscle pain.

Home Remedy for Preventing Heart Disease
Taking 1 to 2 teaspoons of cod liver oil everyday can greatly improve heart function which helps prevent heart disease. It can also improve heart conditions even after a heart attack and after heart surgery. This is attributed to the omega-3 fatty acids which alters the linings of the arteries in such a way as to improve healing after damage. Vitamin A and D also play important roles in facilitating mineral absorption, improving muscle function, and supporting elasticity of the blood vessels.

Home Remedy for High Cholesterol
The fatty acids in Cod Liver Oil help lower the amount of bad cholesterol in our body. A simple remedy is to consume 1-2 teaspoons of Cod Liver Oil daily.

Lowering Risk of Type 1 Diabetes in Children
Studies have found that pregnant women that took 1 daily teaspoon of cod liver oil have a lower risk of giving birth to children with type 1 diabetes. However, if you are pregnant, it is recommended that you consult your doctor before you begin taking cod liver oil regularly.

What are the Side Effects of Cod Liver Oil?
Cod liver oil is generally safe to take in moderation, and studies have not found any major adverse reactions to it in the general population. However, a If you are pregnant or currently taking medication, it is recommended that you contact your physician before using cod liver oil on a regular basis. Otherwise, cod liver oil has been found to be safe for the general population when taken in moderation. It is important not to consume extremely large doses of cod liver oil, since this can lead to high blood pressure.

Where and How to Buy Cod Liver Oil
Cod Liver Oil can be bought in most pharmacies and drug stores. It can also be found in liquid form. A high quality cod liver oil should be pale-yellow in colour and have a fish-like taste.


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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 5:17 am 
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Coenzyme Q10
Foods: Fish, chicken, Eggs, peanuts, seasame seeds, pistachios, olive oil, soy beans, grapeseed, parsley, perilla, broccoli (and relatives)

Co-enzyme q10 is an antioxidant nutrient that is found in every cell. It helps the body produce energy within that cell, being a coenzyme for several mitochondrial enzymes. The mitochondria is where cellular energy production takes place. Unfortunately, like many of the things our bodies need to maintain top shape, it's made less as we grow older. For this reason, many people choose to take Coq10 supplements, although it is also found in food.

The best food sources are organ meats such as heart, liver, and kidneys. But you can also find it in eggs, beef, pork, lamb, and mackerel (a type of fish). Vegetarians need not despair, as coq10 is also found in spinach, broccoli, peanuts, and wheat germ. The only caveats here are that the quantities are much smaller, and the quality of these foods is critical for them to even have that small amount available. These foods must be unprocessed, and grown in an environment that is free from pollution. Organic would therefore be preferable.

Another reason many people choose to use supplements of coenzyme q10, is that it is easily affected by the heat from cooking. Thus, it is best to get it from raw foods, though the best sources of coq10 do not lend themselves to being eaten raw!

So, what are the benefits of increasing the amounts of coenzyme q10 in our bodies?

Many people report feeling like they have more energy as a result of taking coq10. This could be a result of a number of factors. Coenzyme q10 is great for the heart, improving the ability of it to pump more blood. It also lowers the viscosity of blood, making it even easier for the heart to function optimally. But coq10 is also very supportive of the immune system. Some studies found that it doubled the level of antibodies, as well as increasing the body's ability to cope with viruses. Given that people are often dealing with the effects of bacteria, perhaps candida, worms, and other sub-clinical manifestations of disease, it no wonder that they may feel more energized after taking coenzyme q10. A healthier body has more energy available to it.

Given the connection between gum disease and cardiovascular health, it is perhaps not surprising that co-enzyme q10 is also beneficial here. It can stop the progression of gingivitis, and encourage healing and strengthening of the gums. If you don't like going to the dentist, and are bothered by bleeding or swelling of the gums, then coenzyme q10 may be a good oral preventative.

There are quite a few other areas that co-enzyme q10 is useful in. These include:

* weight loss
* high blood pressure
* multiple sclerosis
* chronic fatigue
* diabetes
* muscular dystrophy
* muscle weakness

It is important to realize that coq10 is not a 'cure all'. Even if you have any of the above, this supplement can only be of benefit if you are actually deficient in coenzyme q10. This is particularly important with regards weight loss, as this is one area where people are often too eager to follow claims of possible benefit.

The good news is that if you are in fact deficient in co-enzyme q10, then taking a supplement will help you lose twice as much weight compared to those who don't have a deficiency. But the key is, of course, that you must have a deficiency in the first place! Try and be objective, if you're interested in exploring whether this is for you. And don't think that it takes the place of exercise, or eating properly!


Wiki page on Coenzyme Q10

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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:57 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
PostPosted: Fri Aug 27, 2010 8:59 am 
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Thanks Angel Cake those are brilliant :) Nicely presented too :heartz:

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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
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Silvia Hispanic is commonly known as chia seeds. The word chia is derived from the Nahuatl word chain, meaning oily. The chia oil contains very high concentration of omega-3 fatty acid-approximately 64%.! I could stop right here and not even go on about chia seed health benefits because this component of chia alone is enough to improve your health dramatically.

Omega-3 fatty acids are required by your body as a primary building block of every cell in your body. The phrase “you are what you eat” becomes clear here. You need these omega-3′s for proper cell membrane formation and function. Look at the nutritional comparison table below and start to see how much pure raw health is in a serving of raw chia seeds. I urge you to purchase a 16oz bag of these high quality seeds chia and change your life’s health! I also forewarn you that there are over 120 different strains of the salvia hispanica plant that produce chia seed and they are not all the same. A high quality blend of chia seeds grown in several different farms in different areas, yield the highest quality seeds chia. In addition over 18 years of best chia seeds research goes into the blend of seeds I recommend. This complete whole raw food should be consumed by everyone from kids to seniors because of the chia seeds health benefits.

Get High Quality Chia Seeds and Improve Your Health!



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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
PostPosted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:51 pm 
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Thanks Sonny, i've never heard of chia seeds before. These sound awesome i will definately be getting some of these, as i don't really eat that much food thats high in omega 3 either.
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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
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I,ve read up a lot about them and ordered 500g off ebay and they arrived today :) I mixed 2 tablesppons in a glass of water and let the gel form about 15 minutes..then drank it..i didnt like the look of it lol but it kinda felt like tapioca when drinking...i felt full up for around 5 hours :thumbz:

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PostPosted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 12:44 am 
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They are packed with Nutrients not just omega 3..have a look on google :)

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 Post subject: Re: Health Corner.
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I've just been looking them up and reading reviews about them, they do sound amazingly beneficial!
And if they help to lose weight too :clapz: :clapz: :clapz:

I am going to get some, i didn't think before though about how you consume them :-D
How did it taste? :eek:

I read on one site that you can eat them as they are or on food but drink a lot of water straight after as they will dehydrate you if not. :) But soaking them in a glass of water sounds a much better option, like you did :)

And Thanks for letting me know Sonny :thumbz:

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